New Victory Theater offers Bob Marley, Shakespeare

NEW YORK (AP) — A new musical featuring the songs of Bob Marley, the world premiere of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” by the innovative Fiasco Theater company and an Australian take on “Peter Pan” are among next…

Coen, Guirgis on tap at Atlantic Theater Company

NEW YORK (AP) — The world premiere of Ethan Coen’s first full-length stage play, a revival of “The Threepenny Opera” and a new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis will highlight the Atlantic Theater Company’s upcoming season. The company…

Singer Nick Carter to release memoir Sept. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter isn’t only writing songs — he’s written a book. The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It,” on Sept. 24 via Bird Street…

Payne back on the road with ‘Nebraska’ at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Shooting the Midwest in monochrome came naturally for Alexander Payne in his father-son road trip “Nebraska.” Payne premiered his black-and-white follow-up to “The Descendants” on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the gentle…

Banned Iranian director Rasoulof coming to Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, whose movies are banned in his country and who has been sentenced to jail by the Islamic regime there, is coming to Cannes for a screening of his latest film,…

Rolling Stones exhibit opening in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Over the years, curators at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have occasionally had trouble coaxing reluctant stars to help put together major exhibitions. Not so with members of The Rolling Stones,…

Newly found Pearl S. Buck book is to be published

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A newly discovered novel by the late Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck is to be released this fall. New York-based Open Road Integrated Media says Buck wrote the novel, “The Eternal Wonder,” shortly before…

Lea Michele has book scheduled for 2014 release

NEW YORK (AP) — Lea Michele has stories to share about the many auditions she has passed. The “Glee” actress has a deal with Harmony Books, a Random House Inc. imprint. Harmony Books announced Thursday that “Brunette Ambition”…

Singer Nick Carter to release memoir Sept. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter isn’t only writing songs — he’s written a book. The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It,” on Sept. 24 via Bird Street…

La Scala scales back on productions due to crisis

MILAN (AP) — La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy’s economic crisis, the theater’s general manager said Thursday. The program for next season announced by Stephane Lissner…

Cannes crime: 2nd jewel theft during film festival

PARIS (AP) — Thieves outsmarted 80 security guards in an exclusive French Riviera hotel and made off with a necklace that creators say is worth a staggering 2 million euros ($2.6 million) — in the second such jewelry…

Sorrentino serves up a cinema banquet at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Paolo Sorrentino has a thing about food — appropriately enough, for the director of a sumptuous feast of a film, “The Great Beauty.” The Italian auteur’s Cannes Film Festival entry is a journey through…

Russian court denies Pussy Riot’s Alekhina parole

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group. In its ruling Thursday, the court accepted a claim by prosecutors that Maria Alekhina had systematically disobeyed prison authorities and…

West Bank and romance prominent in ‘Omar’

CANNES, France (AP) — One of the more buzzed-about films at the Cannes Film Festival, “Omar,” is set in the West Bank, and the Palestinian conflict is a key part of the plot. But the film’s lead actor,…

Paul McCartney writes in support of Pussy Riot

MOSCOW (AP) — Beatles frontman Paul McCartney has asked a Russian judge to release members of the Pussy Riot punk group from prison. In letters dated Monday and posted online by the group’s supporters, McCartney asks for parole…

Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. CANNES GIVES EBERT THUMBS UP Film critics and festival-goers congregated on the Cannes beach to raise their thumbs to the late critic…

Debbie Reynolds: We all knew Liberace was gay

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In the new film “Behind the Candelabra,” veteran entertainer Debbie Reynolds has just three major scenes to flesh out one of the most complicated figures in piano-playing showman Liberace’s life: his loving but…
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‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez gets honorary degree

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University had no idea that a folk hero was in its midst when the Detroit school awarded Sixto Rodriguez a philosophy degree in 1981. Then again, Rodriguez had no idea about his fame,…
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Roth says ‘Aftershock’ new business model for film

NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Roth says one of the best things about his new movie “Aftershock” is that it creates a “real, new business model” that could help independent films hold their own against studio blockbusters. Roth…